The year 2020, also the year that changed my life. I joined a service club without any expectations, but soon I met the most amazing people, and I looked forward to spending the last few months of my undergraduate with them and creating unforgettable memories. But all this time was cut short by the current pandemic that has affected the world around us. The expectations of my last year of college were all let down, but the experiences were all so great nonetheless. I learned to appreciate the little things that I often overlooked. The daily snaps from friends and daily Instagram story updates were small windows into understanding what my friends’ daily lives were like. I was able to see that they were doing well despite the circumstances that we are all enduring. The online world of social media and video chats have allowed me to check up with my friends and spend quality time with them through zoom video chats.
What I had learned from this year is to take risks and don’t wait until the last minute to do something. The one thing that everyone should take away from this experience is that even things that seem so concrete can change in an instant. The day I found that I would not be going back to school, seeing all my classmates, I was devastated, but there was nothing that I could do to change that. I wished I had participated more and took more opportunities, but alas, I could only live with the poor choices of letting those opportunities pass me by. So yeah, do things when you can, take the risk, do the thing! Don’t wait for the right time because that “right time” may never come. You may feel like you aren’t ready for something, but you will never truly know if you’re ready until you do it. This is the most repetitive three sentences, but I can’t emphasize it enough, you miss 100% of the chances that you don’t take. Whatever it is, you can do it, I believe in you. It may be hard at first, but once it happens, you will be so proud of your achievement. So yes, good luck and you’ll do fantastic!